Christmas is the feast that celebrates the coming of Jesus. In our novena to ask for the beatification of the Founder, so as not to distract attention from the liturgical moment that the Church is living, we will use the great antiphons that put Jesus at the centre of the preparation for Christmas, preceded by some expressions of Brother Gabriel. It is a novena with a deep missionary spirit: Jesus comes into this world where there is joy, but where there is still suffering, a lack of faith and even a rejection of Him. Come, Lord Jesus!
16 December. (Prayer from the “Recueil”, page 393)
Word made flesh, true Son of God from all eternity, and true son of Mary born in the fullness of time, I adore you in the poor manger that welcomed you and was your first throne. Prostrate at your feet like the shepherds, with the faith of Joseph and the loving charity of Mary, I beg you to let me taste the spirit of mortification, poverty and humility that led you to choose a poor cot, you who are the Lord of heaven and earth. Give me also the peace that the angels announced to the men whom God loves. Amen.
A few words from Brother Gabriel Taborin. Most of the festivals where we honour the mysteries look at the incarnation of the Son of God and the wonders he performed on earth. Christmas is the day of his temporal birth. (Treasure of the Christian Schools).
Prayer for each day. God our Father, who raised up Venerable Brother Gabriel Taborin in the Church to promote Christian education, catechesis and liturgical animation, grant that, by sharing his charism, we may know how to fulfil our mission today with the strength of your Spirit. And, if it is your will, let him be included in the number of saints, granting us, through his intercession, the grace we need… (we can mention the names of the people for whom we want to pray). We ask this with insistence through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
17 December. O Sapientia. O Wisdom, which camest out of the mouth of the Most High, and reachest from one end to another, mightily and sweetly ordering all things: Come and teach us the way of prudence.
A few words from Brother Gabriel Taborin: Let us consider how great is the goodness of Jesus Christ towards us; he loved us so tenderly that he filled us with all kinds of goodness; he used all the means that his infinite wisdom suggested to him: he came to earth out of love for us, he died to redeem us. (The angel conductor of the pilgrims of Ars). Prayer for each day.
18 December. O Adonai. O Adonai, and Leader of the house of Israel, who appearest in the bush to Moses in a flame of fire, and gavest him the Law in Sinai: Come and deliver us with an outstreatched arm.
A few words from Brother Gabriel Taborin. Eternal Father, who is the Sovereign Shepherd of pastors, preserve and govern your Church, sanctify it and spread it throughout the earth. Unite all those who compose it in one mind and one heart. (The leading angel of the pilgrims of Ars). Prayer for each day.
19 December. O Radix Jesse. O Root of Jesse, which standest for an ensign of the people, at whom kings shall shut their mouths, to whom the Gentiles shall seek: Come and deliver us, and tarry not.
A few words from Brother Gabriel Taborin. My Lord and my God, I come to bow down at the feet of your sovereign Majesty, to worship you and thank you for your blessings. I acknowledge you, O my God, as the creator of heaven and earth and the sovereign ruler of the universe. (The Way of Sanctification). Prayer for each day.
20 December. O Clavis David. O Key of David, and Sceptre of the house of Israel; that openest, and no man shutteth, and shuttest, and no man openeth: Come and bring the prisoner out of the prison-house, and him that sitteth in darkness and the shadow of death.
A few words from Brother Gabriel Taborin. From that time on, the Israelites appointed the Saviour they expected, Messiah or Christ, that is to say anointed or sanctified with holy oil, whose kings and priests it was customary to sanctify. They also called him Son of David. (Treasury of the Christian Schools). Prayer for each day.
21 December. O Oriens. O Day-spring, Brightest of Light Everlasting, and Sun of Ritghteousness: Come and enlighten him that sitteth in the drkness and the shadow of death
A few words from Brother Gabriel Taborin. Divine Word, only Son of the Father, light of the world, come from heaven to show us the way, do not allow me to resemble that unfaithful people who refused to recognise you as the Messiah. (Constitutions of 1836). Prayer for each day.
22 December. O Rex Gentium. O King of the Nations, and their desire; the Corner-stone, who makest both one: Come and save mankind, whom thou formedst of clay.
A few words from Brother Gabriel Taborin. This is the happy moment when the King of Angels and Men will appear! Lord, fill me with your spirit, and let my heart, free from the things of the earth, think only of you. (The Way of Sanctification). Prayer for each day.
23 December. O Emmanuel. O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Desire of all nations, and their Salvation: Come and save us, O Lord our God.
A few words from Brother Gabriel Taborin. Moses also made a much more sublime promise to the people: he predicted that God would give them a prophet after him from among their brethren, like himself, the Saviour of the world; that he would be a lawgiver like Moses, and perform even greater miracles, bringing to men a new covenant and a new testament more perfect than the old. (Treasury of the Christian Schools). Prayer for each day.
24 December. Christmas Vigil
A few words from Brother Gabriel Taborin. Let us enter the stable of Bethlehem to see a God in a goat. His body is all cold, but his heart burns with love for our salvation. (Treasure of the Christian Schools). Prayer for each day.